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Industry:Book Publishing
Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Salary or training bursary: £35,895
Company:Discover Children's Story Centre
Open to all
Apply by:15/12/2021 - 09:00

Head of Learning

Do you have an unbridled enthusiasm for children's literature and literacy? Explore this senior-level creative and education-focused role...

Discover Children's Story Centre is a place where children and their families can enjoy playing, learning and making up stories together. The UK’s first Story Centre for children aged 0-11 and their families, their aim is to support a love of language, literature and stories.

Reporting to Discover's inspirational CEO, Karla Barnacle-Best, you will have management responsibility for the Community and Education Manager and for the pastoral care of the Story Builder team, particularly for the educational content of their work. This key role works closely with all members of SMT (Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive, Finance Director, Head of Development, Head of Operations, Head of Marketing and Head of Creative Events) and contributes to the overall strategy and direction of the centre and all it stands for and offers.


  • As a member of the SMT contributing to the development of policy, the programme and its delivery and be responsible for the vision, development, management and monitoring of the learning programmes.
  • Ensuring the learning content is developed with a close eye on linking outcome with curriculum objectives and that appropriate measurements are in place.
  • Championing provision for children with disabilities.
  • Developing and monitoring the schools’ sessions and learning resources to ensure they are of a consistent high standard and link to appropriate curriculum areas.
  • Identifying potential contacts within the fields of arts, literature, and education, to develop new partnerships. You’ll be a natural spokesperson for the great work at conferences, on steering groups, and in literacy forums.
  • Seeking opportunities to generate income through the various strands of activity.

Knowledge, skills, experience

  • An unbridled enthusiasm for children’s literature and literacy
  • Experience of developing and delivering creative, exciting and innovative literature-based community, and primary level education programmes
  • Strategic thinking, strong written and verbal communication skills and a commitment to DE&I
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles and practical workings of early years settings and primary schools with experience of working with children with SEN
  • Knowledge of child progression and appropriate activities for different age levels
  • Line management (including of freelancers)
  • Budget management of budgets of £50k +

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

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